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Ria backed away, shaking her head. “No, he wouldn’t do that.” She grumbled. I sighed, running my fingers through my hair.

“I refuse to believe that I’ve found my mate.” I denied it.

She shrugged but kept quiet. “Rogues murdered my dad, it was obvious I would come home. I get here and look, I’ve found my mate... again.” I shrieked. “It’s too much of a coincidence.” I protested.

That is the first time I have said out loud what happened to my dad. I have to admit, it feels like a weight has been lifted. Keeping it all bottled in wasn't doing me any favours.

“When you put it like that, it does sound a little suspicious” She admitted. I sighed heavily and dragged my hands down my face. “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” I mumbled against my hands.

She pulled my hands away and held them, “What you are not going to do, is let it get to you. If it from the potion again, we just have to careful what you take from people.” She declared. I nodded and smiled at her.

“Don’t let him know, you know.” She attested. “That way we could find out one way or another.” She added.

"What I don't understand is how he's done it." She said, looking deep in thought. "Have you taken a drink from someone?" She shrugged.

I remember Aurora having that drink when we arrived. I suppose it could have been then. Oh my god!

"I met someone in the airport bar," I growled. "He was asking all sorts of questions and he's from Devon too."

She shook her head, "It can't of been him. I mean, you have changed a lot since you left and no one can sense you're a wolf." She said.

"That makes sense. He didn't say he recognised me until he knew my full name." I sighed, annoyed.

“I’m so glad I have you.” I expressed. I dusted myself off and plastered a big smile on my face. “Right, time to go get some answers,” I said matter of factly. Ria chuckled then winked at me, “Go get em wolfie.” She smirked.

I chuckled to myself on my way to the packhouse. I have missed being here, and I have definitely missed being around my friends. I had friends back in Vancouver but I could never really be honest with them. They didn’t know about my wolf, it’s one of the laws we have. No human can ever know about us unless a human happens to be mated to a wolf. But that is very rare and I have never heard it happen before.

I reached the packhouse and stopped in front. I haven’t set foot in here since I left. This is the place I last saw my dad. The guilt was starting up again, and it felt like I couldn’t breathe. I sat down on the steps, trying to catch my breath. I heard movement behind me as the door opened, I spun around and came face to face with Drew.

Drew is Ria’s mate. We all grew up together. They were together before they found out they were mates, which was lucky for them.

“Amaris Thorne in the flesh,” Drew smirked. I smiled and stepped up the stairs to him. “Hey, Drew.” I greeted as I pulled him in for a hug.

“I am so sorry about your dad love.” He whispered. I held tighter without saying anything. “They’re waiting for you just inside... Lucas sensed you.” He mentioned before pulling away and giving me his killer smile.

He stepped around me and made his way down the steps. “I’m glad you’re back, Amaris.” He said, without turning around. I opened the door and stepped inside.

Lucas and Rhydian were stood by the stairs, talking with a she-wolf. She had her arms draped around Rhydian’s waist, smiling brightly up at him. He was too busy listening to what Lucas was saying to pay attention to her.

Before I knew what was happening, I was dragging the she-wolf away from him and shoving her against the wall. “What the hell do you think you’re doing?” She growled. I growled at her and tightened my grasp around her neck.

“Amaris, get off of her,” Lucas screeched, running over to us. I snarled at Lucas as he tried to pull me away.

Aurora, stop!′ I yelled. ′Give me back control.

He’s ours!′ She snarled. The she-wolf whimpered as her eyes went wide. Which could only mean my eyes had turned.

My eyes go black, like every wolf when our wolfs are present. But when I get angry, mine glow red. I concentrated on Lucas, I needed to mindlink him. Another ability my wolf has, I can mindlink anyone I want. I thought about Lucas's scent and his wolf... then I was in.

"Lucas, you need to pull me off. If you can’t do it, get as many wolves as it takes and get me off of this she-wolf. Aurora has control."

Within seconds, Lucas’s arms were around my waist attempting to drag me off. “Rhydian, help me!” He shouted. Rhydian reached to grab me and Aurora instantly let the she-wolf go. She fell to the floor, coughing violently. We turned around, facing Lucas and Rhydian, “Aurora, let Amaris out.” Lucas demanded.

Come on, Aurora.′ I pleaded. Aurora gave me control back and I made a break for it.

I made my way into the woods with Lucas hot on my tail. “Amaris, stop!” He shouted. I stopped beside a tree and slumped to the floor. Lucas appeared in front of me and sank to his knees. He raised my chin up, “Amaris, what was all that about?” He asked, confused.

I shook my head and remained quiet. “I need to know why you attacked Selena,” He added, sighing. I shrugged, staring at him blankly. He huffed and sat down, cross-legged in front of me. I took a deep breath and sighed, “It was Aurora.” I muttered.

“Yes, I realise that. But... I don’t understand why.” He grumbled. I shook my head, “I don’t know. I never know with Aurora.” I sighed.

Don’t blame me. You know why I reacted. I couldn’t help it.′ She snarled. I blocked her and focused on Lucas.

“You know Aurora has a sense for wolves.” I lied through my teeth. Well, not exactly... Aurora does have a sense about wolves. “You acted like a-” He stopped himself and paled.

I jumped up and scowled at him. “Go on, finish that sentence,” I growled. He shook his head, “I’m sorry ok.” He retracted.

“I wouldn’t know how a mate acts because every time I have had a mate, it hasn’t been fucking real,” I barked.

“I know... I’m sorry. I didn’t think before I spoke.” He explained, sadly. I took a deep breath, closed my eyes and calmed myself. “I’m sorry,” I replied, hanging my head down.

Lucas came towards me and put his arm around me. “Come on, we still need to talk.” He said, leading me back to the packhouse. When we reached the packhouse, Rhydian and the she-wolf were stood outside. He looked like he was comforting her. I growled lowly and clenched my fists together.

“Who is she?” I asked Lucas through gritted teeth.

“Selena Moores. She’s really nice once you get to know her. You should apologise.” He mumbled. I grunted and rolled my eyes.

As we approached, they turned around. She hid behind Rhydian when she saw me. I held back a growl as much as I could.

Aurora, stop it.′ I groaned.

“Listen, I’m sorry for attacking you. My wolf is on edge and she took it out on you. So, I'm sorry.” I said, apologising. She moved from behind Rhydian and glared at me.

“I don’t accept your apology.” She snarled, ”Rhydian, do something. She’s dangerous." She whined. Rhydian looked down at her and, rolling his eyes. “Selena, she apologized.” He muttered. Selena made a whimpering sound and wiped a non-existent tear from her face.

“You’re the Alpha. Do something!” She snapped. Rhydian glanced between us both and smirked. “Perhaps you don’t know her.” He motioned towards me, “Let me fix that.” He grinned. He stepped towards me and my breath hitched. What was he going to introduce me as?

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